Love romantic dramas with an eerie, even sinister twist? On Oct. 21, Netflix will launch Rebecca, starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, based mostly on the novel of the identical identify by Daphne du Maurier (it was additionally tailored for the display by none apart from Alfred Hitchcock in 1940).
If you happen to’re not acquainted with the e-book, Rebecca is a psychological thriller that can make the proper foreboding addition to your Halloween film marathon. I used to be so excited for the upcoming spooky fare of the film that I made a decision to arrange by studying The Folio Society’s special edition of the book, an illustrated quantity with a stunning, otherworldly blood-red cowl design and an introduction that speaks to the e-book’s exploration of sophistication, the patriarchy, and retribution, and even its relation to queer lit.
Prepared to search out out extra concerning the traditional story? Maintain studying when you dare (and when you’re not afraid of spoilers!).
Rebecca begins with the protagonist and her husband, Maximilian “Maxim” de Winter, touring from resort to resort in Europe. The notorious first line, “Final night time I dreamt I went to Manderley once more,” takes us again to the protagonist’s journey within the property, which we be taught has been burned down. The complete remainder of the novel is one lengthy flashback, providing a foreboding, ominous dimension to all the e-book we all know ends in hearth. Earlier than changing into Mrs. de Winter, the anonymous major character meets her future husband in a Monte Carlo resort, as she’s working as a touring companion. He shortly proposes, and so they head off to his household property of Manderley on the rambling English coast. Mrs. de Winter quickly learns about her husband’s ex-wife, Rebecca, who drowned close to the property a 12 months earlier, shortly feeling her ghost haunting her whole new life. Equally chilling is Mrs. Danvers, Rebecca’s devoted housekeeper who shortly makes the heroine conscious she isn’t welcome by any means with snide remarks and unsettling stares.
As Mrs. de Winter struggles to search out her footing in Manderley, she is intimidated by Rebecca’s “excellent” ghost. Whereas everybody goes on about Rebecca’s supreme magnificence and intelligence, our protagonist fears her husband remains to be in love along with his ex-wife. The day lastly approaches for Manderley to host its annual costume ball, and Mrs. Danvers suggests Mrs. de Winter put on a fantastic, intricate costume. Seems, the costume is identical one Rebecca wore the 12 months earlier than, horrifying Maxim.
The following day, the obsessive Mrs. Danvers makes an attempt to persuade Mrs. de Winter to kill herself, placing a spectral spell on her that’s damaged by the sound of rockets. The shipwreck the place Rebecca drowned has been discovered, in addition to the physique. Maxim lets his spouse in on the reality: Rebecca was a monstrous girl who carried on a number of affairs, together with one along with her personal cousin, Jack. The heroine is instructed that on the night time of Rebecca’s dying, Maxim demanded a divorce and Rebecca refused, telling her husband she was pregnant along with her cousin’s little one. In response, Maxim shot and killed her, placing the physique within the boat and sinking it to cover all proof of the homicide.
In a wierd coincidence, the confession restores their marriage, as Mrs. de Winter can now consider her husband isn’t in love along with his ex-wife. Nevertheless, Maxim is in bother: police discover holes drilled to the underside of the boat, it’s found that Rebecca went to see a London physician on the day of her dying, and Rebecca’s cousin accuses Maxim of the crime. However the London physician reveals Rebecca was dying of most cancers, rendering her infertile, which means she lied to Maxim concerning the being pregnant. This information reveals a motive for suicide, closing the case and saving Maxim. When the couple return residence, they discover Mrs. Danvers has disappeared within the night time, and their whole house is in flames.
The novel is a ghostly thriller that explores justice, feminine sexuality, the uncanny, and sophistication via a chilling lens, and the film model is ready to do the identical, including lush surroundings and lavish costumes to the combination.